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Home Office figures released last month reveal that 470,000 people aged 16-59 used nitrous oxide in the past year, up 100,000 from 2013. The same study found that 7.6% of those aged 16-24 used nitrous oxide in the past year. What is your view on the growing recreational use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)?
Its use should be banned
It is a concern but I am not convinced it should be banned
I am not bothered about people using it
I have not heard of it
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Mayor's response to the MetroBus open letter
12 February 2015
George Ferguson's response to the open letter about the North Fringe to Hengrove package of MetroBus (see below).
Open letter to the Mayor about MetroBus
An open letter from a cross-party group of MPs and councillors, including Kerry, voicing concerns and seeking answers about the North Fringe to Hengrove package of MetroBus.
National Voter Registration Day
Today is National Voter Registration Day. This is an event to raise awareness among people over the age of 18 that they need to sign up to vote in the next election. The website “Bite the Ballot” last year registered 50,000 people; their aim this year is to get 250,000 people to sign up.
My position on the Government's fracking proposals
Well over 150 constituents have contacted me about Government proposals in the Infrastructure Bill to remove landowner consent for shale gas drilling and later today I will vote to stop fracking from going ahead, unless a robust regulatory framework is put into place.
We are all deeply concerned by the NHS crisis. At Southmead in particular, the situation seems to be getting worse, with only 78% of patients being seen within 4 hours, and more ambulances queuing up outside, more operations cancelled, and more bed-blocking.
Another all-male panel…
Just by way of an update to Monday’s post… Another invite has arrived. WWF are the culprits again! PRASEG & WWF-UK Event – The economics of climate change policy: what are the overall costs and benefits of the UK meeting its carbon budgets?Wednesday 10 September 2014, 17:00 – 19:00, Committee Room 6, House of Commons […]
Politicians and science
Just an update to yesterday’s post on mitochrondial disease. I have to say I was rather surprised to see Professor Robert Winston – now Lord Winston – cited in the motion, as he is usually a leading supporter of genetic research. I’ve now seen a Twitter exchange between him – @profrwinston – and Dr Sarah […]
All-male panels: is there still any excuse for them?
Just before recess I was at a WWF event in Parliament on environmental issues, with rather a large panel of speakers – all male, all white and, with one exception, all middle-aged. I’ve now received an invite to another ‘green’ event, from the Aldersgate Group: a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type event on 11th September with the […]
What is mitochrondrial disease and why are MPs debating it today?
Later today, after the PM’s statement and a general debate on hospital car parking charges, there will be a debate on “Mitochondrial replacement techniques and public safety”. Here’s a BBC report which explains very simply what it’s about – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28986843 – and an educational animated video narrated by none other than Bill Nighy http://www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk/animation/ Basically, […]
Consultation on council wards
There’s a review starting on council ward boundaries in Bristol. Due to new housing being built in some areas and demographic changes, some wards are deemed to be far too big – this is particularly an issue in Cabot, Lawrence Hill and Ashley wards – while others are by comparison too small. This could be […]
@ReeceFranciss look who I've been hanging out with.... http://t.co/WZE1Nj4wI1
11 Jun 2013
@mattbooth1 @SharonHodgsonMP I'm letting Sharon sort that one out!
11 Jun 2013
@SharonHodgsonMP @mattbooth1 I see the consumer rights bill is being published tomorrow. Second Reading before recess?
11 Jun 2013
@stillawake @louisjemanuel @EverydaySexism I've been watching it for years - even Guardian do it, eg when a mother is murdered.
11 Jun 2013
@stillawake @louisjemanuel @EverydaySexism I knew before I clicked on that link it would be child abuse; that's the exception to the rule!
11 Jun 2013
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Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol East